You Blog You – Vol. 3

From LOUISE: If you’re wondering what this is, #YouBlogYou is a blog series dedicated for bloggers wherein they will answer 11 questions related to blogging every week. This is a great opportunity for us to know them more as bloggers while others can learn something from them too.

Finally found the time to complete the #YouBlogYou series volume 3! Above link is Louise’s original post.

 

This #YouBlogYou volume is about blog design and statistics. I am a bit raw when it comes to this, so maybe my answers are not detailed yet.

 

  1. How do you classify your blog? In what category does it fall in?

I classify my blog as a Personal-Lifestyle blog because I post anything about my journey. From my Faith/Community life, to the places I travel, books & movie reviews and any other topics that I thought worth sharing.

  1. What is the title of your blog? Share with us too what’s the story behind it.

The title of my blog is In My Heart. As what I have shared in the first #YouBlogYou questions, the contents of this blog are about my life, these are the stories “#InMyHeart” ♥ 

 

  1. How did you come up with the design of your blog? Tell us if it’s a free/purchased template or someone you know made it for you.

BLOGGER: This is a free template from blogger itself. I have tried other templates before and so far this set up makes me comfy. For now I am satisfied because once a reader opens the link here, they are automatically directed to my blogs which is definetely what I am showcasing. Of course I have the Home, Gallery etc buttons as well on the top. (This answer was early last year ~Feb 2016 before I moved to WordPress.)

 

[Update] NOW/2017WORDPRESS – I am currently using NIKKON. It has all the ready widgets and set ups that I love, so it was an easy choice.

 

  1. If you own a domain, where did you purchase it? If you don’t have one yet, what’s preventing you from getting one?

Feb 2016 – I have not bough a domain yet. Since I am a newbie, I am still starting to learn and understand for now the pros & cons of purchasing one. Maybe someday I will level up and will take my own domain.

[Update] – I have finally decided to purchase my own doman – that’s June of 2016.

 

  1. Where do you host your blog? Which platform? (Blogspot, WordPress, Tumblr, etc) Are you planning to move to another platform/host? Why or why not?

I host my blog with Blogspot becasue it is free. It is user-friendly, easy to understand and navigate (which is very helpful for newbies).

There was a time I wanted to switch to Tumblr and WordPress but I feel like I will re-do all the blogs I made and will loose the pageviews and comments.

[Update] – I have decided!!!! 

June 2016 – I have purschased my own domain now and I got it from GoDaddy! My hosting on the other hand is from CoffeeMags.com where you could host your blog at 1$ per month! 🙂 

 

  1. How often do you check your blog statistics?

I check it every now and then, I don’t have a very specific schedule.

 

  1. Do you think having a good and fast-loading template affects the traffic of your site?

I think I have. So far my posts loads fairly fast, thanks CoffeeMags!

 

  1. Do you use other sites, software or apps to schedule and post your blog posts? If yes, care to share it with us? If none, simply tell us how you share your posts.

Blogger has a scheduling post app that automatically connect to Google+ then manually share it to my social media accounts.

 

[Update] since I moved to WordPress. I have installed Social Media sharing widgets that made my sharing faster and easier.

 

  1. How do you think you earn blog post comments or blog shares?

Comments rarely come. Maybe because as of now, I don’t have much followers yet. But I do have readers who don’t have blogs – who randomly visit my page. These days I try to join some threads and join other blogs’ discussion. Hopeful to have more someday.

[Update] – After purchasing my dmain and hosted my blog, joining a few Facebook blogging pages, I have now started gaining readers and followers. Won’t share for now how many but hopefully on my next update.

 

  1. Aside from the activities mentioned above (blog post sharing & comments), what other efforts can help increase a blog’s statistics?

I promote them via my personal facebook page and now I have dedicated a page for this blog too. Google+ actually helps a lot. Working on some more ways and learning ideas from other bloggers.

 

  1. Check your blog statistics and tell us either what you think helped you attain that number of views or what do you think you could have done to increase it?

 

Above photo was still in Blogger – Just few months ago, i celebrated 10,000+ views for the entire duration of my blog. To others it’s too small, but for me it is already a milestone 🙂 Looking at my blog statistics, I know I am way too far from the goal I would like to reach this year. But I am positive. I will work it out with God’s grace.

 

. . . Will share my WordPress stats soon.

You Blog You Vol. 2

Blog Series: #YouBlogYou Vol. 2

The series continues, here is my Vol. 2 


       
  1.      In your opinion, how important is it to produce good photographs for blogs?
Very important, people or readers nowadays prefer visuals than just texts, I personally visit  blog or a site again and again if I find his/her photos interesting!
2.      What gadgets do you use to take photos? You can name more than one.

     Iphone, also a DSLR owned by my husband, Ipad. But I am no professional with taking photos, I just simply take them. That’s why it is on my resolution this year. 

3.      For how long do you own those gadgets?
A while.
   – Been an Iphone/Ipad user since 2012.
   – DSLR came just last year, 2015.
   – Koko has Hero3 and
   – an Instax polaroid.
4.      Will you recommend those gadgets to your fellow bloggers? Why or why not?
 
Well, I guess I’m in no position to say a recommendation regarding these gadgets for now. 🙂
5.      Do you use any other application to edit or add filters in your photos? If yes, could you share it with us?
     
I do, I use IOS app like, Font Candy or PhotoGrid. Rarely Adobe Photoshop.
6.      Who usually takes your photos aside from yourself especially on OOTD shots? Show gratitude by mentioning them here.
Myself and Kokobear! Thank you to my ever supportive husband! ^^
 

7.      Aside from the camera, what accessories (or props) do you use to take photos? Ex: tripod, flowers, makeup, etc.

     Whatever is available, that I think could make the photo look better.
8.     How do you come up with your photos? Do you research first how you should  pose, how the products should be presented or it just goes naturally?
     It goes naturally!
9.  Do you have gadget you wish to receive this Christmas?  What and why?
     Nothing. I’m happy with what I have. But maybe a polaroid printer.
10.  Do you have an Instagram feed or blogger you look up who produces great photos? Share them with us!
     Yes! Aside from my favorite Kim Jones, I look up to these Instagram profiles:
*Hello Kris                        *5ftinf

 

*Marie Lozano                               *NadineLustre

10.  Share three (3) photography tips to newbie bloggers.
🙂 Not now. hehehe

 

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You Blog You – Vol. 1

You Blog You Series

Browsed the net and come across this interesting page! ^^
 

You Blog You (Vol. 1)

1. What inspired you to blog?

Anything inspires me to blog – any that shows positivity, faith, love, some things that I personally think worth sharing. I am blogging because I would like to express myself in my own simple way.

 
 

2. When did you start blogging?

Is started this hobby since college days. But I have taken it a bit seriously when I moved abroad (Abu Dhabi, UAE).

 
 

3. What’s the topic you enjoy blogging the most?

Anything! But I love sharing about Faith & Travel.

 
 

4. How long does it usually take you to finish a blog post?

I can complete a post in a day. If I am focused I can finish it an hour or less.

 
 

5. If you were to name three (3) goals you want your blog to achieve next year, what would it be?

  • Goal 1 – Write more stories and share more about faith, travel & more.
  • Goal 2 – Have more followers and interact with them
  • Goal 3 – Get a chance to be featured in other blogs
 
 

6. Does your family know about your blogging career? Why or why not?

Yes. Because they know that I love to write and share my stuffs.

 
 

7. Which blog or blogger inspires you the most?

Kim Jones is on my top list & Bianca Gonzales follows. Kris Aquino (not the actress) also is a good one! Right now, I am following Arriane Serafico too! ^^

 
 

8. What is the greatest achievement your blog has received? If you haven’t got any, what would be the achievement you’d want to receive?

Hearing people say that they are thankful of my blogs because it inspires them. Also receiving a compliment  from our photo/video provider – 1080p Studios (during our wedding) that they have been receiving more enquiries because the clients have read my blog about their craft.

 
 

9. What is your best viewed post? Share it with us by providing a hyperlink and a short description about it.

So far this one about OEC:

 Exit – OEC and also CEBU: Osmeña Peak Adventure

Probably because I am an OFW so many would like to know how to get an OEC. J

 
 

10. If you were to give out three (3) advises for newbie bloggers, what would it be?

  • To simply express myself.
  • To write from the heart <3
  • To enjoy it, to enjoy the process.
 
 

11. If you were to give out three (3) advises for yourself as a blogger, what would it be?

  • ·         Take better photos
  • ·         Categorize posts (I’m actually working on it)
  • ·         Interact more with other bloggers & be a member of any blog groups…
 
 
 
 

YOU BLOG YOU Volume 1 is a wrap!

I have done this idea from Louise – here is her blog – Tales & Escapades